Worth a look!
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: + This is a very beautiful setting and there is a fair amount of challenge in playing it.
+ The course makes good use of the trees and elevation on the property.
+ There were simple hand painted signs on each hole although one was broken.
+ Navigation was straightforward.
+ The course is fairly open with a few technical holes.
+ I felt that there was a good range of distances, the longest hole was 460 feet and the shorter ones were 250 feet or so.
+ The course was very well maintained.
Cons: - There were no tee pads at all. Players just throw from the grass near the tee sign.
- Two of the holes play near exercise stations.
- Very old baskets which a lot of people may not like. (we kind of liked these baskets which made a loud clanging sound when the disc went in or hit the front. Not sure if home made or not.)
Other Thoughts: I was pleasantly surprised with this 9 hole course. I had heard from other people that this course has been closed off and on. I just looked at the scorecard and photos and it looks like some or most of the holes have been redesigned.
There wasn't anyone else around when we played this course. If there were people using the exercise stations it would certainly have been unsafe to throw those holes. Looking at the original photos, it appears that the dangerous situations have been fixed via redesign. (There is no longer a tee pad in the middle of another fairway and I believe the horse shoe courts have been moved.)
With Powder Mill and Silver Creek in nearby Marquette, this course probably doesn't get much action, but if you are looking for some longer throws in a more open setting, Al Quaal is worth a visit.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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wasn't this superman's dad's name?
Aesthetic-- plays through a large multi-use park. Intertwined with MANY other amenities. This course is dangerous to be sure.
Teesigns-- there are no teesigns in place anymore.
Routing and nav-- without teesigns this place is a nightmare to route. I guess you could look for where people are gathered and there is probably a basket somewhere nearby.
Baskets-- Really bad. Really old and home made. These things are even green to perfectly blend in with the grass and trees?
yep, it's bad guys.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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OK for a quick round
Pros: The only positive comment I can come up with is that the course exists and has baskets to throw at.
Cons: Extremely poor layout with other sports areas mingled within the fairways. Too open to provide any difficulty other than throwing around horseshoe pits and people.
Other Thoughts: This course could be soooo much better. The area is beautiful and the park would support a much better layout. It was nice to take a break from the road and play 9 holes but not a course I would drive out of my way for.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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The Lake Superior Beat Down
A staggering amount of diversity in a 9 hole course. Blind drives & open field shots to heavily wooded "corridors", short to gargantuan lengths, and a nice amount of OB.
Lake Superior is a stone's throw away, and the wind here can be brutal. We had 45-50+ mph "gusts" that blew up sandstorms from the baseball diamond and made new Firebirds flippy. You aren't just playing the course, you are playing against Mother Nature, even on a sunny day.
Easy on/off from the main drag if you are travelling across the UP. Much better of the two courses in the Marquette area (not exactly a high hurdle).
Idiotic design. The kind of design that Forrest Gump looks at and says "stupid is as stupid does." #7 Tee is smack dab in the middle of #4 fairway. #4 just so happens to be the longest hole of the course which demands a Big Arm drive. There is much more wrong, but that alone loses this course 2-discs worth of rating.
The course plays in the field only, and shares real estate with baseball, volleyball and horseshoe pits all within reach of your throws (and more likely to reach them due to the wind.) The individual holes are fun and each had a design that I liked, but the whole course only works if you have NO other people recreating . . . anywhere.
Signage ranged from sharpie on 4x4 to laminated pages. Each hole had a personalized name and description of the flight path, which was nice, but it was in pathetic disrepair.
There is a significant amount of land that could be used to spread out the layout and make for a very nice 9 or maybe even 18 hole course. Something, anything, should be done to remedy the layout, as you are just asking for trouble with the current configuration.
After playing, we were discussing the course in the car, and I realized I couldn't give it a very high rating. This is a shame, as I had a ball playing this little 9-holer coming back from Highbridge, but there are far too many flaws to earn more than a "passable" rating, and I'm really pushing that rating in the first place.
The bad layout is not a deal breaker, as there are not many people in the UP in the first place, and this park was deserted when we played. As long as you understand up front that you need to be careful of errant discs, this course can be fun.
My advice is, if you are in the area, come to Al Quaal, keep your head up, your wits about you, and carry a very overstable disc that is 3-4 speeds too fast for you. It may be the only one you throw.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Needs a LOT of work and a true disc golfer touch
Pros: I honestly cannot think of any pros for the course itself. The only pro is the recreational area itself and the hope that disc golf could expand into some of the hills and woods surrounding the lake.
Cons: Mainly the absolutely poor design, considering multiple groups and players all in the same areas. 1) there are crossing fairways, what a joke! 2) many of the tees are just steps away from the previous basket. Thus the groups behind you can't even throw drives on the previous tee because your group is standing right next to the pin as you drive on the next hole. What I'm saying is the design SUCKS! No consideration for skill levels (why not have multiple tees, they're just dirt!). No consideration for other people out there who may interfere. If you're a chucker out flinging discs off your hip and dont care about anyone else around you on the course, then you may be able to enjoy your 40 out here.
Only 9 holes. Most play across a wide open section of the park. They border the entrance of the park, along the city streets, across from houses. Baskets are all old and rusty pieces of junk. Tees are dirt and lopsided, uneven and rutted. Flow between the holes is awful, and direction is tough to find your way around. The layout and use of the land is horrible, lacks true disc golf design. I was amazingly disappointed with this course.
Other Thoughts: The land available at Al Quaal is amazing and disc golf here could be a world class venue with a true designer's touch and utilizing the natural features and terrain. As it stands, the course is poorly designed, in a horrible location of the park, poor baskets, bad tees, and no good direction or signage. Just skip this one, and play Powder Mill or Silver Creek instead! The landowner also does not fully support disc golf as a recreational activity here.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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Fairly solid course
Pros: Has some nice variations of style between holes; some short, challenging shots and some longer, more open holes.
Cons: Single-layer chain baskets, no tee pads; got confused a few times about where the next hole is. Also a few overlapping fairways where you'd have to wait for the people on the next tee to throw.
Other Thoughts: All in all a fairly fun, quick course.
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